Ash coats village areas near erupting Alaska volcano 
Handout photo of the Pavlof Volcano erupting in Alaska - REUTERS
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A village not far from an erupting Alaska volcano has urged residents to stay indoors after the mountain rained down ash that coated the ground and turned some rooftops and car windows black.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says that the volcano kept pumping out new ash Tuesday that could threaten aircraft, but it came in smaller amounts at lower heights.

Pavlof Volcano is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It began erupting Sunday.

U.S. Geological Survey geologist Kristi Wallace says there were reports of a significant ash fall in Nelson Lagoon, a village of 39 people near the mountain. Residents reported one-eighth to two-thirds of an inch of ash.

Officials say ash can be hazardous and the community has put out a health advisory to stay inside until Wednesday.

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